Wageline information flyer - employment obligations for nail salons in the state industrial relations system


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Minimum pay rates for staff - legal employment obligations of nail salon business owners

Owners of nail salon businesses which operate in the state industrial relations system must provide the legal minimum pay rate to all staff.  It is unlawful for employers to pay employees less than the minimum rate of pay.

Industrial Inspectors at the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety can initiate court action against employers in the Industrial Magistrates Court for not paying the correct rates of pay.

Nail salons in the state industrial relations system are those where the business operates as

  • sole traders (eg Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Nails),
  • unincorporated partnerships (eg Jane and Bob Smith trading as Jane’s Nails)
  • unincorporated trust arrangements (Jane and Bob Smith as trustees for Jane’s Nails).

Key employment obligations you must comply with

  • Pay all staff at least the minimum rate of pay relevant to their age for every hour worked in the business.  Pay rates for full time, part time and casual staff are listed below. 
  • Keep employment records for all employees of the business.  The information you need to keep is detailed below.  Employers can be penalised up to $5,000 for not keeping employment records, or for keeping inadequate or fraudulent records.
  • Provide leave entitlements for all staff as required by the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 and the Long Service Leave Act 1958.  A quick reference guide to leave obligations is on the back of this brochure, and extensive information on all types of leave is on the Wageline website.

The Employment obligations in nail salons page on the Wageline website gives nail salon business owners more information on employment obligations – visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wageline or contact Wageline via Wageline@dmirs.wa.gov.au or 1300 655 266.

Pay rates

The rates below are the legal minimum pay rates for staff working in a nail salon. All rates of pay are gross rates (before tax).  These rates applied from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018.

Classification Weekly Hourly (full time and part time) Casual (includes 20% loading
Adult $726.90 $19.13 $22.95
20 years $654.30 $17.22 $20.66
19 years $581.60 $15.31 $18.37
18 years $508.90 $13.39  $16.07
17 years $436.20 $11.48 $13.77
16 years $363.50 $9.57  $11.48
Under 16 years  $290.80 $7.65 $9.18






Leave obligations - Quick reference guide

This quick reference guide shows basic leave entitlements for full time, part time and casual employees. For extensive information on all types of leave, visit the Wageline website.

Leave entitlement Full time employees Part time employees Casual employees
Paid annual leave Yes Yes No
Paid sick and carer’s leave Yes Yes No
Unpaid carer’s leave Yes Yes Yes
Paid bereavement leave Yes Yes Yes
Unpaid parental leave  Yes Yes Yes
Paid long service leave  Yes Yes Yes

Employment records

Business owners must keep employment records for all employees of the business which detail:

  • the employee’s name
  • the employee’s date of birth if under 21 years of age
  • the date the employment started
  • total number of hours worked each week (this does not apply to employees earning $45,000 or more per year)
  • the gross and net amounts paid to the employee
  • all pay deductions and the reasons for them
  • all leave taken, whether paid, partly paid or unpaid
  • all information required to calculate long service leave entitlements and payment

Employment records must be in English.  Employment records can be either written or electronic.  Records must be retained for seven years after employment has ended.

Labour Relations
Last updated 04 Dec 2023

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